Frederick County Grants Employees More Time Off, Tuition Reimbursement

The Frederick County Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to pass a bill that makes several changes to the county’s personnel rules, including adding the time off and tuition reimbursement, as reported by the Frederick News-Post.
As described, the new rules do the following:
  • Give county staff two floating holidays per calendar year. One will be provided for the rest of 2015 after July 1, and two for all future years. Employees can take off a day of their choosing, while the county offices remain open.
  • Give county staff members 15 sick days, when previously they had 10 or 12 sick days.
  • Revise the tuition reimbursement policy to allow staff to get partial reimbursement for career-advancing degrees. The county will pay half the cost of classes taken for earning these degrees. It already pays 75 percent of tuition costs for courses that improve an employee’s job skills or knowledge.
  • Provide 10 at-will appointments for the county executive and 10 at-will appointments for the County Council.
  • Change the Division of Fire and Rescue Services deputy chief positions to merit positions.

For more information, read the whole story from the Frederick News-Post here.